In a country where menstruation is a taboo, the movie ‘Pad
Man’ is a wonder.
Pad Man is an upcoming revolutionary comedy-drama film,
slated to hit the screens on January 25th. The film is written and
directed by R.Balki with Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead
roles. The movie is inspired from the life and contributions of inventor and
social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, Arunachalam Muruganantham.
A Superhero movie?
All hail Pad Man! Let’s all ditch
our superhero crushes for a moment and applaud Pad Man. The character deals
with a problem that is very real and current in India.
Akshay Kumar is shown as a realistic
superhero who is piqued with the unhygienic traditional practices and lack of
affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village, a rather disappointing
plight of women in many parts of the country. He plays the role of a social
entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented low-cost sanitary napkins
for women who do not have access to modern hygiene products, helping millions
of women in distress. If this is not a good-enough plot, what is?
De-sensitizing the idea of
Periods. Sanitary Napkins.
We Indians have sensitized these
words so much that we fail to acknowledge or act on the troubles faced by women
across the nation. What better than a Bollywood movie, directed by an ace
director with an all-star cast can spread awareness about this growing disaster?
Here’s a movie that aims to handle a sensitive subject that most Indians do not
care to talk about. Every one of us must watch the movie to contribute in
de-stigmatizing the idea of menstruation.
Casting done right
The lead cast has a thing for
socially relevant films. The A-list actor’s movie, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, not
only fared well at the box office, but was also well received by audience and
critics alike. Akshay Kumar is once again at it, by starring in a well-made
social flick. The Khiladi of Bollywood is supported by Sonam Kapoor and Radhika
Apte. Radhika Apte has proved her mettle in Bollywood time and again and
Sonam’s last film ‘Neerja’ gained her National Award.
A Balki’s Biopic
What can you expect from the man
who has not once failed to impress us with his body of works? His list
includes, ‘Cheeni Kum’, ‘Paa’, ‘English Vinglish’, ‘Ki & Ka’, ‘Shamitabh’
and ‘Dear Zindagi’. The story of Arunachalam has impressed him so much that he
had to take a movie about him, although he has reportedly said that he never
wanted to take a biopic. He has carefully weaved the movie keeping in mind the
all-star cast and the sensitive nature of the plot.
Amitabh Bachchan’s cameo
The plot has us all hooked. We also get to see the Big B of
Bollywood in a cameo appearance in Pad Man. Book your tickets and watch the
movie in big screen.